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Maurice John Vaughn

March 28, 2018, 8:00 PM

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Doors open at 7:30pm 
$12 ($8 w/ ISU student ID) in advance

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Genre: Blues | For Fans Of: Muddy Waters, Eddie Shaw, Son Seals, John Primer

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Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned -- Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and James Brown. Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own.

Vaughn, now 65, began his musical career while attending Juliet Low grade school on Chicago's South Side, playing drums, guitar and clarinet in the school band. He moved on to playing in various Top 40 cover bands. In 1968, he concentrated on the saxophone in order to join a local jazz trio. "They wanted a sax player, and I wanted to be in the band," Vaughn recalls. He made his very first recording with an R&B group called the Chosen Few for Chi-Sound records in 1976. But soon after that the saxophone jobs were drying up, so Vaughn turned his attention to his guitar. Echoes of Albert King, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King can be heard in Vaughn's unique guitar style.

In 1979, Vaughn entered the blues world after Phil Guy -- brother of legendary guitarist Buddy Guy and a guitarist and bandleader in his own right -- sat in with Vaughn's soul band which was playing behind Professor Eddie Lusk. After the gig, Guy invited Vaughn and band to join him for an upcoming Canadian tour. Soon Vaughn was playing with the top Chicago blues talents: Luther Allison, Son Seals (with whom he toured Europe) and A.C. Reed (whose album, I'm In The Wrong Business!, features Vaughn on guitar).

Vaughn loves to travel and is constantly updating his sound and style. His abundant talent and experience place him at the forefront of the contemporary blues world. His innovative songs, passionate singing, blistering guitar playing, and romping saxophone mark his music as visionary work from a true blues original.

TICKETS: $12 ($8 w/ ISU Student ID) in advance | $2 increase day of show

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